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The Christian Science Monitor, a U.S.-based international news publication, recently profiled Endeavor CEO Linda Rottenberg and the story of Endeavor, spotlighting the organization’s journey and its rapidly growing global impact. In particular, the article calls […]

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Endeavor Entrepreneurs featured in Stanford Social Innovation Review

Endeavor Entrepreneurs have been on the forefront of innovation and expansion in the Middle East and North Africa, and the world is taking notice. The Stanford Social Innovation Review has recently included several profiles of […]

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It’s official: Endeavor expands to Lebanon

Please see the full press release below (also found on BusinessWire):

Endeavor to launch a new country affiliate in Lebanon focused on High-Impact Entrepreneurship

New York, January 5, 2011 – Endeavor announced today that it will launch a new affiliate office in Beirut, Lebanon, expanding its efforts to select and service high-impact entrepreneurs in the Middle East.

This will be Endeavor’s fourth regional affiliate, following successful launches over the past five years in Turkey, Egypt and Jordan.  Endeavor has already selected 65 entrepreneurs representing 41 companies in the region and provides a range of services including mentoring, providing access to key networks and introductions to sources of smart capital.

All Endeavor affiliates are spearheaded by a local board of leading businesspeople each of whom  share the organization’s vision for screening and selecting entrepreneurs and then providing them guidance to scale their businesses.

The Endeavor Lebanon founding board will be chaired by Fares I. Fares, Chairman and CEO of Wedge Alternatives.  He will be joined on the board by Charles El-Hage, retired senior partner of Booz & Company, Selim Ghorayeb, Chairman and CEO of Algorithm, Marwan Kheireddine, Managing Director of Al-Mawarid Bank, Sami Khouri, CEO of Teeba Holding and Azmi Mikati, CEO of the M1 Group. The office will be headed by Managing Director, Tarek Sadi. He will be aided by Desiree El-Chebeir, as Manager of Entrepreneur Services.

“I speak for the whole board in saying that we are very excited about this effort to expand opportunities for entrepreneurs & entrepreneurship in Lebanon,” said Mr. Fares.  “We hope to select an impressive array of entrepreneurs who are running companies that will not only change industries, but also create value-added jobs that are necessary for growing our country’s economy.”

“Endeavor’s job is to identify the most promising entrepreneurs in emerging markets and help them scale their businesses. Through our work with high-impact entrepreneurs in the MENA region, we hope to inspire a culture of entrepreneurship, leading to innovation and wealth generation.” said Endeavor Co-founder & CEO Linda Rottenberg.  “We’re very excited to be starting work in Lebanon.”

Further Information:

For further details on the selected entrepreneurs or Endeavor’s entire portfolio of High-Impact Entrepreneurs please contact david.wachtel-at-endeavor.org or Joanna.harries-at-endeavor.org

Save the date (June 28-30): Endeavor Entrepreneur Summit (San Francisco)

For the first time ever, the Endeavor Entrepreneur Summit heads to the City by the Bay. Join Endeavor’s global network for three days of inspirational speakers, high-impact workshops and intimate networking opportunities. Bringing together leading entrepreneurs and investors from Silicon Valley, don’t miss this event! Registration opens February 14.

We can’t wait to see you there!

Endeavor January 2011 newsletter

To view Endeavor’s January newsletter, a recap of all the top news stories from the previous month, please click here.

Endeavor co-founder Peter Kellner delivers Endeavor’s message of corporate citizenship in China

On December 2, Endeavor Co-founder Peter Kellner delivered the keynote address at the 7th Annual China Corporation Citizenship Forum & China’s Best Corporate Citizenship Award Ceremony. The event was hosted by the 21st Century News Group, an influential financial media group (“China’s Wall Street Journal“), in Beijing.

CLICK HERE to watch Peter’s 30-minute keynote in full. In the speech, Peter introduces the Endeavor’s mentoring model to over 200 senior Chinese business leaders. In addition to highlighting various entrepreneur success stories, including characteristics of Endeavor’s highest performers, Peter offers insights into the role and future of corporate citizenship.

Also, be sure to check out Peter’s interview with the News Group’s social innovation journalist (text version here).

Learn more about Endeavor: attend an info session!

If you’d like to learn more about Endeavor, consider attending one of our public information sessions.

These relatively informal one-hour sessions, hosted at our main office in New York City at 900 Broadway (3rd floor), consist of a slide presentation which covers the basics of Endeavor’s model, our impact, and our entrepreneurs. In the past, everyone ranging from students and journalists to industry professionals have attended to get the “101″ on Endeavor and ask questions. (Note: if you are interested in job or internship opportunities, please continue to check the endeavor.org website.)

To learn more about these info sessions or to RSVP (required), please email justin-at-endeavor.org. If you belong to a group that wishes to arrange a private session, kindly email to discuss further.

Endeavor Entrepreneurs meet top designers and execs at New York fashion tour

By Karen Martell


Among the services that Endeavor offers to Endeavor Entrepreneurs are special tours and events. On November 10-11, Endeavor hosted its first-ever “Fashion and Design Spotlight,” a two-day event in New York City.

Why fashion and design?

Endeavor’s 2010 Gala, the capstone of the tour, honored Gilt Groupe, a popular e-commerce site that sells luxury brands for up to 70% off retail. In the spirit of fashion, Canem Arkan, Goldman Sachs fellow and member of Endeavor’s Entrepreneur Services team, organized the Fashion & Design Spotlight catered to fashion and design entrepreneurs.

What did the event entail?

4 Tours/Site Visits: Tour of Ralph Lauren’s new flagship store on Madison Avenue and “Behind the Seams” with Angel Sanchez, Cynthia Rowley, and Dennis Basso
2 Keynotes: Keith Miller, Partner at Goode Partners (consumer goods investor) and Maureen Case, President at Estee Lauder Companies.
3 Panels: Building Your Public Image; Global Expansion; and E-Commerce
Breakfast with the Founders of Gilt Groupe
Lunch with Glenda Bailey, Editor-in-Chief of Harper’s Bazaar Magazine

The presenters included:

Julia Leach, Founder of Chance and former Creative Director, Kate Spade
Miki Berardelli, Chief Marketing Officer, Tory Burch
Ellen Rodriguez, SVP International & Licensing, Juicy Couture
Ersin Akarlilar, CEO, Mavi Jeans
Jennifer Fleissl, Co-founder and President, Rent the Runway
Demet Mutlu, Founder and CEO, Trendyol.com (Gilt Groupe of Turkey)
Margaret Mager, Consultant, Liz Claiborne
Vanessa von Bismarck, Co-founder, Bismarck Phillips (Agency)

What were the key takeaways?

Some of the main themes highlighted were:

- Use technology to reach your customers, better understand your existing and potential markets, and streamline operations while cutting costs

- Define your authentic niche and when ready, carefully craft an effective global expansion strategy through retail, wholesale, and e-commerce

- When pursuing fashion/design ventures, don’t limit your sights to the US alone, but use local expertise to identify niches and opportunities in emerging markets as well

Endeavor December 2010 newsletter

To view Endeavor’s December newsletter, a recap of all the top news stories from the previous month, please click here.

Wall Street Journal features Linda Rottenberg, Endeavor

A profile of Linda Rottenberg and Endeavor appears in this weekend’s Wall Street Journal magazine. The article traces the origins of Endeavor, highlights several success stories of Endeavor Entrepreneurs, and features quotes from prominent network members. Check it out!

Endeavor plays a leading role in Global Entrepreneurship Week 2010

From November 15-21, Endeavor affiliates applied their ingenuity to the annual Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) — a program to inspire young people to become self-starters and innovators. For complete details on this year’s event, please visit local Endeavor websites, or view highlights below.

Click here to read a recap of GEW by Jonathan Ortmans (senior fellow, Kauffman Foundation).

Below are two videos Endeavor produced for the event:

Entrepreneurship: The Challenges

Entrepreneurs weigh in: “What’s the greatest barrier your business has ever faced?”

Highlights from GEW 2010:


Along with partners, Endeavor Argentina led the second annual “Buenos Aires Entrepreneur Day,” a full day of workshops, talks, and special performances attended by more than 3,000 people. Click here to watch a video.


Endeavor Brazil continued to lead the worldwide charge for Global Entrepreneurship Week Brazil which involved at least 400 partners and 3,000 activities, engaging more than 2.5 million participants. Endeavor made High-Impact Entrepreneurship part of the conversation. For instance, several Endeavor Entrepreneurs lectured and mentored youth in the Rio flavelas, and Endeavor Brazil also ran a TEDx in Sao Paolo to promote additional success stories. The office also ran five global activities: SNTG, Mentoring Madness, Imagine It, CTO, and Startup Weekend.


Along with several partners, Endeavor Chile sponsored “JumpStart Chile!” on November 19. JumpStart joined together 1,500 students, 200 teachers, and various political leaders to celebrate the close of “Aprendimiento,” a pilot entrepreneurship education program that was implemented over the past year and a half in seven vocational Puerto Montt high schools. Endeavor Entrepreneurs Tito Loizeau, Fernanda Maturana, and Francisco Seguel inspired the students by sharing their personal success stories. Learn more by viewing the Aprendimiento video.

Together with partners, Endeavor Chile also organized a day-long event on November 18 which included nine thematic workshops and brought together over 1,200 people. Endeavor Entrepreneurs Leila Velez, Julie McPherson, Pilar Marambio, and Michelle Boisier participated as speakers and workshop leaders. View the video to learn more.


Endeavor Egypt held a kick-off GEW event called “How I See It: Experiences Shared,” which launched the LIFT-OFF initiative aimed to foster a culture of entrepreneurship among youth across North Africa. Activities included a virtual “IdeaLab,” high school and university competitions, capacity building and training at youth centers, and the launch of an Entrepreneurial Leadership Program for university students.


Six Endeavor Entrepreneur companies participated in GEW events as partners and supporters–IrisGuard, Pharmacy1, Akhtaboot, Modern Media, Think Arabia, and CADER. Together they reached 50,000 students; through an Entrepreneurial Skills Campaign, CADER also trained 700 school teachers about entrepreneurial education.


In 2010, GEW Turkey quadrupled in size, with almost 200 partners running over 200 events in 40 provinces. As one component of the week, Endeavor Entrepreneurs and university experts helped judge a Business Plan Competition for students at Özyeğin University.

Another highlight of the week was Speednetworking and Mentor Madness, featuring skills workshops and sector trends panels for 250 students from 20 universities in the Marmara region and 70 volunteers from various businesses, NGOs, and corporate partners. Check out a GEW blog post by Jonathan Ortmans for future insight into the local entrepreneurial landscape.

Two Endeavor companies to present at Chilean investment event (12/8; NYC)

Two Endeavor companies from Chile, Aguamarina (Pamela Chavez-Crooker) and Woodtech (Michael Yorston, Olivier Paccot) will be among the presenters at “Chile SME Investment Opportunities,” an event to take place on Wednesday, December 8 in New York City. To RSVP, email invest@prochile.us.

This will be the first of a series of events organized by ProChile, Trade Commission of Chile, designed to spotlight various successful Chilean SMEs to the US investor community.

The event will take place at Puro Chile (161 Grand Street) in New York City. Following registration (4:45-5 pm), the CEOs of five companies will present (5-6 pm). An hour of networking will follow, including traditional Chilean hors d’oeuvres and wines.

Aguamarina, selected in 2010 by Endeavor, is a biotech and biomining company with a technology that allows mines to extract more copper per ton than other traditional methods, with clients such as BHP Billiton.

Woodtech, selected by Endeavor in 2007, provides raw material measurement services with a flagship product, the Logmeter® 4000, which uses cutting-edge 3D laser technology to automatically measure volume–with a range of global clients.

Two other IT companies will also present, Gled and Wiseconn, along with the medical device company Surikat.

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